This week I got an invite for SocialScope, a new ‘mobile inbox for all your social networks’. Of course, I was willing to test and play around a bit with this new toy. SocialScope lets you connect with Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr & Instagram.
As I consider myself a quite heavy user of social media, I think it’s nice to have one app that combines my different feeds into one app. Up till now I have been very fond of Tweetdeck (on every platform) and was curious wether SocialScope could change my point of view, so I downloaded the Android version.
Different types of content
The big difference between SocialScope & Tweetdeck is the way SocialScope splits your feed up in different types of content: text, checkins, pictures & video. That way you can for example easily browse through all the pictures posted, without being bothered by all the checkins, video’s or ramblings others put on. Personally I don’t really need this difference, but I can imagine some users would…
Only one inbox!
A big advantage of SocialScope is the way it combines your different inboxes. No longer need to check both your Facebook messages and your Twitter DM’s, it’s all nicely combined in one big inbox, displaying a small icon to show whether you’re reading a Twitter or a Facebook message. This is a thing I kind of miss in Tweetdeck: not being able to check my Facebook private messages, only see my notifications.
In this betaversion, I have not yet discovered a way to set up multiple Twitter-accounts. Since I also use Twitter for work, that’s an asset I kind of miss. When setting up my Facebook account on SocialScope, I got a ton of permissions I had to approve before I could connect his service. Managing my pages was one of them, but this feature is not yet available in the betaversion. If the SocialScope public release would have this kind of feature, this would make a huge difference for me because I cannot update my Facebook pages from Tweetdeck on Android.
Posting updates seems to work like a charm. Checking in via Foursquare works great. Only thing that botters me there is the fact that there’s always a SocialScope mention when sharing to Twitter. Uploading pictures goes smoothly, posting pictures in your Facebook ‘Mobile Uploads’ or using the built-in pic.twitter-thing for Twitter pictures.
Overall SocialScope does what it has to do in a different way than other social dashboards, splitting up your stream by dividing it up into types of content, rather than piling everything up. Unfortunately for SocialScope I didn’t really wanted that. I’m quite happy with the big pile of information I have in Tweetdeck. Besides I have some more customization available in Tweetdeck: link shortening service, picture upload service, auto-update settings per column, notifications per column, font size, …
For now I will be sticking with Tweetdeck. If SocialScope really unfolds and uses it’s potential, I’ll probably give it another shot when the app goes public…
More information: http://www.getsocialscope.com